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Grateful Dead Live at Devore Field, Southwestern U on 1985-09-15

Topics Live concert

Alabama Getaway-> Promised Land, West L.A. Fadeaway, Mama Tried-> Big River, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Smokestack Lightning-> Deal Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Samson & Delilah, She Belongs To Me, Truckin'-> Comes A Time-> Around & Around-> Drums-> U.S. Blues-> Satisfaction, E: Brokedown Palace

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Devore Field, Southwestern U
Location Chula Vista, CA

Source Unknown Mics (parabolic reflectors, 40


Unknown Mics (parabolic reflectors, 40" apart)>Unknown deck>
CM> C> Sony R500 w/ SBM (a/d)>WAV>CD-R.


Reviewer: musicphotos77 - - September 15, 2015
Subject: unusual and fun show, especially second set
I have listened to this show many times and it has to be considered a top show for 1985. Wish I was there! Second set really shines with the short space into Scarlet, a sweet she belongs to me, comes a time into around & around before drums, and the 'double encore' songs out of space , the US Blues is superb, especially loved to hear them play it somewhere else besides as an encore. There was an earlier comment decrying that only 2 songs came after drums / space, well there were 7 songs played before it!!
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - September 15, 2015
Subject: --
5-star aud for '85 -
Reviewer: dupree413 - - February 19, 2012
Subject: Another
amazing thing about this show?

The "youngest" song on the list is Alabama. ***correction edit - forgot West L.A. Fade. My bad.***

Now this is easier to write about in hindsight, obviously. And I loved the early versions of Touch,Bucket,Throwin Stones.

But isn't that unreal?

I, too, got a great tape of this within a few months of the show, and could not believe the cookin' 2nd set.

5 Stars for execution, 6 for the set list!

God Bless and Enjoy
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - - June 11, 2011
Subject: Sweet recording, energetic show
Hats off to the taper for this sweet recording! Nice performance from the boys....very energetic show. From all the other reviews, this event sounds very special. Thanks to everyone involved who worked to bring this recording to the Archive.
Reviewer: micah6vs8 - - July 4, 2010
Subject: Yet Another Reason I Love 1985
This is the source of choice for this show . Loopy , trippy , manic , sloppy and fun . A scrambled set list in frame two just adds fire to the songs and fun in ' changing up the rules ' .
Reviewer: Smerdyakov - - May 22, 2010
Subject: Chula Chula!!!
A simply fantastic recording job.
Who ever is responsible needs to come
forward and receive their prize.
The show itself hits numerous mammoth peaks.
The Boys seem like they bail on the affair mid way through the 2nd set though.
Only 2(short)songs post Drums>Space?
Oh well, you can't have it all.
Reviewer: fili123 - - April 8, 2010
Subject: Wow!
just got a library card to review this show! rummaging around for some good 85 and this just pops up! i like it better than the sbd. well done!
Reviewer: upstate head - - September 15, 2008
Subject: one of my most favorite Dead shows
To this day I recall this show to friends who weren't there. This might be the best time I ever had at a show. The grass was cush, the scene was relaxed, the venue was cool, the vibe was casual, and the band played under the sun. It really was one of those things where things just came together. The end of summer tour and some well played sets made for a great day. Absolutely one of my fondest memories of seeing the Dead play live.
Reviewer: ucsd 88' - - April 5, 2008
Subject: Outstanding
Was there on sunny 84 degree day. Show started
at 1 pm. We sat on the ten yd line of this
5,000 seat stadium and the Dead were on the goal line. I swear they served beer there. The best experience I ever had at a show, outdoors, great sets.
Reviewer: marlenaxox - - December 8, 2007
Subject: Grateful Dead Live at Devore Field, Southwestern U on 1985-09-15
Good quality recording of a smoking show! Thank you for posting it. It's a real gem.
Reviewer: Chris U. - - May 17, 2007
Subject: Tasty
In a year of good shows, this is an especially fine one. Nice stereo recording, with Bobby clearly audible (and he's playing up a storm).
Reviewer: laptaper - - May 15, 2007
Subject: And.. would you like your crow, sir? :D ;-)
Reviewer: grateful kev - - November 10, 2006
Subject: great show in southern cali
this show is one of the best of 1985 . well worth the download
Reviewer: tjpd - - October 7, 2006
Subject: Hate Aud. Tapes
Iam going to have to eat crow on this one,I can't stand aud. tapes,never even bother to give them a listen. The sound on this show is really good
better than a lot of soundboards. It's also a high energy show dispite Garcia's failing health.
I never was a Fan of later dead shows past 1980,I should probably reconsider the last years.
Great job to the taper.
Reviewer: MNielz - - October 7, 2006
Subject: One of the BEST
Grate way to close out the Summer. For those of us who went to Boreal, this was the reward ; REAL GOOD GD!
Reviewer: smoothcat - - September 30, 2006
Subject: I was there
This show was insane, a one time only event in the outdoor football stadium of Southwestern Community College.

What a brilliant song list and well played show.

1985 was a smoking year for the Dead.

A shout out to Gordo and all the rest of the diehards who rolled out to the show with the Smoothcat that day, I love you all!
Reviewer: z2thet - - September 15, 2006
Cool set list (comes a time, she belongs) and it sounds really good on my laptop speakers, I cannot wait to download this and crank it up to the GRATEFUL DEAD on my stereo speakers.

Reviewer: Albix - - May 17, 2006
Subject: A must have...
WOW! I had this tape back in High School and I loved it. A unique show and a very good recording.
I wish the tapers could get more credit for these wonderful recordings. Thank you, whoever you are!
Reviewer: shockman - - April 16, 2006
Subject: Chula-Twista
I was there. This show is one of those dream like memories. Did it happen? Was it a dream?
The guy with the purple cape and the jester's cap
turned me into one happy chap.
My wife sat on my shoulders for most of the first
half,which had me dancing like a hunch back during the second set. Scarlet-Fire, lost my space but the band kept me grounded. It all came back with the first note of a redeeming Satisfaction....
"This must be's where the rainbow ends."
Reviewer: Tiny Lights - - March 29, 2006
Subject: dylan writes, garcia plays
I downloaded this just for the She Belongs to Me. It's on the Vault realease of Dylan covers. This version has brought tears to my eyes on several occasions.
Reviewer: liverfenix - - June 30, 2005
Subject: one of my favs
funny thing is, we might have partied harder the night before at san diego state at my buddy's girlfriend's apt, then the day of the show.
speaking of which, perfect weather, nice venue with soft cushy grass under my feet.

i remember the first set started out sorta low on the volume, so i went to the soundboard and told healy to turn it up...he did..

2nd set was pure>scarlet>fire..r u kiddin me?
great (long) pre and post drums...sizzling samson and great us blues>satisfaction outta space...the topper was that i had to drive home after the show and go to rosh hashanah services with my family in LA. the show ended at 630 and i made it to shul at 830 for the start of services...
Reviewer: harrybac - - July 9, 2004
Subject: sharing an orbit with god is no small experience
heard that on a TV show today .. star trek rerun

reminded me of this scarlet/fire ...... yeah it's worth a listen .. loud too

see ya
Reviewer: smh1971 - - July 9, 2004
Subject: Lots of energy
This is a well played and fun show. Sounds like everyone was in high spirits for this afternoon show. Wish I was there but this nice aud recording does the job nicely. The setlist speaks for itself but of particular mention is a boppy, happy scarlet>fire and having my personal fav version of she belongs to me and a real nice comes a time in the same set is really a treat. Two thumbs up for this show and recording :)
Reviewer: BenKarm - - July 6, 2004
Subject: Before drums
Yes, the truckin' -> comes a time -> around and round were all before the drums and three encore songs were played after space. Real fun show to be at and full of surprises. Nice afternoon concert on a field at a small college.

I didn't listen to this tape too much because the drums and space were in the middle of side b and it's more work to fast forwards (it's easier when you can flip a tape at the start of drums and be right were space ends). From listening here, I remembered how much energy was in that scarlet -> fire and sampson. She Belongs to Me was great, Comes a Time was real sweet and the surprise of hearing Around & Round into drums was cool.
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